Food Security

  • Hope Johnson
  • Reece Walters


The global food system is increasingly insecure. Challenges to long-term global food security are encapsulated by resource scarcity, environmental degradation, biodiversity loss, climate change, reductions of farm labour and a growing world population. These issues are caused and aggravated by the spread of corporatized and monopolized food systems, dietary change and urbanization. These factors have rapidly brought food insecurity under the umbrella of unconventional security threats (van Heukelom, 2011). For some, humanitarian crises associated with food insecurity, or what has been dubbed ‘the silent tsunami’, is a pending peril, notably for the world’s poorest and most vulnerable people. For others, the food production industry is an emerging market with unprecedented profits. Despite this problem of food scarcity, we are witnessing extraordinary ‘food wastage’, notably in North America and Europe, on a scale that would reportedly be capable of feeding the world’s hungry more than six times (Stuart, 2012).


Food Security Food Insecurity Food System Fair Trade World Trade Organization 
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